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#4380975 - 09/23/17 03:30 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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She went up and around this morning!

No pics or video - I didn't have the mind to set up the GoPro, as I was going over the plane closely and when she was ready for flight, went!

Weather was still with some patches of fog. In fact, about 500 feet from the end of the runway was a wall about 1,000 feet high, and when I saw it taxied back to talk to my spotter.

"Hmmm, fog on that end. Whatcha reckon?"

Rusty looked that way, squinted, and said "That's a long way down there..."

And we both laughed.

The runway is 6,000 feet long. I need about 500 feet to take off, and about the same to land.

So I took off pretty cleanly, if a bit longer than normal - she didn't quite leap in the air as before - did a slow climb to build up airspeed to about 1,300 AGL, did a gentle turn until I was going the other way on the downwind, and looked at the runway. By design I was just about over it, and there was more runway behind me than in front.

One of the things I've been doing not so well is my approaches to land. Way too shallow and way too fast. This time I pulled throttle just past the runway end and did a nice curve to the threshold, letting the plane sink in a good glide down to it. Tiny goose at the end for a not bad wheel landing.

Rigging seems okay, though she's got a little pitch up hands free at full throttle - still very much a two finger aircraft on the stick, though, so I'm not too concerned. It might resolve itself at cruise.

Brakes are pathetically weak, which is okay by me.

Engine timing is <this> close, but off a bit. She ran fine, turning 3K RPM's on the climb and downwind before I throttled back, but it's not quite there. I killed the engine at the end* and she kept running for six or seven turns of the prop. So something to work on.

* I have just one switch, the master, and she's electronic ignition. I have to chase down solutions to this, but my money says it's a timing issue. Also, I should be turning 3200 RPM's on take-off. Part of this just may be breaking in the new engine.


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#4380984 - 09/23/17 05:02 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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I've been ready to come up. Was looking forward to it.


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#4380988 - 09/23/17 05:17 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Gotta make sure the bugs are all worked out - I'd have for you to make another trip just to see her sit in a hangar!

This morning was a whopping seven minutes of flight, then she went into the hangar.

Along with the timing issue, I've got a tiny leak in the fuel tank along the bottom weld - just enough to wet the barrel - but that's got to be addressed.


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#4381046 - 09/24/17 01:27 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Congrats Dart!


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#4381116 - 09/24/17 08:09 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Nice work Dart!


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#4381204 - 09/25/17 08:55 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Congrats on getting remarried biggrin

#4381357 - 09/25/17 09:31 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Glad to hear you two are getting back up in the air again - Gratz!

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#4381502 - 09/26/17 04:51 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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I love this thread, way to go Dart. Can't wait for more videos!

#4381514 - 09/26/17 05:58 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Hmmm, funny you should type that...



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#4381554 - 09/26/17 08:38 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Looking good sir, well done overcoming your misfortunes on your first forays air-wise.
Lewis looks good too! Do you have to paint the muzzle orange?



#4381566 - 09/26/17 09:53 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: BD-123]  
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Originally Posted by BD-123
Looking good sir, well done overcoming your misfortunes on your first forays air-wise.
Lewis looks good too! Do you have to paint the muzzle orange?


No, as I left off the bayonet. wink

Fun fact - there is no FAA regulation against mounting a gun on an aircraft, or even firing one from an aircraft. It falls under "dropping objects," which is totally okay, so long as the pilot ensures no person or property is damaged.

The BATF, however, has some rules about machineguns that would apply.


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#4382147 - 09/29/17 08:52 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Great walk-around video, Dart! beercheers

#4382212 - 09/30/17 08:25 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Did something happen to this thread? Last night when I checked it there were 38 pages which I thought odd, as it had 75 the last time I looked, now it's back up to 76.


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#4382278 - 09/30/17 07:20 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Maybe you changed the number of posts per page? I increased mine, so it's only 16.


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#4382280 - 09/30/17 07:25 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Nope, not changed a thing on it. I just noticed it and thought maybe that your video posts had been removed and put into the screen shot/video thread.

Anyway nice video and thanks for showing us around your lovely aircraft, and nice to hear your voice too, now you will be narrating your posts as I read them biggrin


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#4382858 - 10/03/17 04:52 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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I have dulcet tones, don't I? smile

If you look at my YouTube channel, I put up all those old "training" videos and other IL-2 nonsense I made a long time ago.

As we switch from Summer to Winter,* we're entering what I call "wind season," a slight shifting of prevailing winds that happens every year. So it's a hunt-and-peck kind of thing with the weather on a day to day basis, seeking out windows of decent wind to fly.

Kind of pisses me off that the plane is ready to go and the winds have kicked up.

* Here in Alabama we rarely get either Spring or Fall. We go from 80-90 degrees to 50-60 in one great jump, with a dip to freezing temperatures in January.


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#4382921 - 10/03/17 08:10 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Originally Posted by Dart
I have dulcet tones, don't I? smile

If you look at my YouTube channel, I put up all those old "training" videos and other IL-2 nonsense I made a long time ago.

As we switch from Summer to Winter,* we're entering what I call "wind season," a slight shifting of prevailing winds that happens every year. So it's a hunt-and-peck kind of thing with the weather on a day to day basis, seeking out windows of decent wind to fly.

Kind of pisses me off that the plane is ready to go and the winds have kicked up.

* Here in Alabama we rarely get either Spring or Fall. We go from 80-90 degrees to 50-60 in one great jump, with a dip to freezing temperatures in January.


I still refer people to those training and nonsense videos. yep
Plus I have always been able to "listen" to you in your threads because of them.


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#4383497 - 10/06/17 12:59 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Dart, I could fly up this weekend. Arrive Saturday and we could prep and pre-flight. Then we could spend Sunday with you flying and me watching.


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#4383593 - 10/06/17 08:25 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Weather is going to be sh*t with the tropical Storm coming through.

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#4383595 - 10/06/17 08:39 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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We are pilots — Masters of the skies. We ride the winds and dance with the clouds. Storms are just playmates.



Actually I was teasing with the suggestion since I knew the weather was not going to be good.


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